Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

True Grit Benchmarking

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A few weeks ago, I went to see True Grit. This comic-serious western, adapted by Joel and Ethan Coen from the novel by Charles Portis, focuses on a 14-year-old Arkansas girl who hires a man with "true grit" to hunt down her father’s killer. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what makes up true grit but I think it has something to do with being bold and gutsy, but with the backbone, bravery, courage and valor behind it.

Yesterday, HP published a press release on new appliances with Microsoft. The only reference to performance is a claim that the HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance delivers amazingly faster queries than traditional SQL Server deployments. The footnote is very interesting. It basically says this claim is based on what some unnamed customer saw.

What is true grit when it comes to performance?

  • True grit is participating in an industry standard benchmark.
  • True grit is producing a white paper with detailed performance testing results.
  • True grit is publishing real results from a proof of concept at a client.
  • True grit is not saying you are x times faster than something based on what someone told you.
  • “The wicked flee when none pursueth.”


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    Written by benchmarkingblog

    February 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Posted in Appliance, HP

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